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2011-06-03 09:48

SERVICE PLAN: Suzuki's Alto comes out tops in the light vehicle class according to the Australian NRMA survey.

Suzuki SA has announced a service plan as standard for its entry-level Alto model.

The service plan is valid for three years or 45 000km and includes the replacement of engine oil, fuel, air and oil filters as well as  brake fluid and all accessory belts. Tyres, brakes and other wear-and-tear items are not covered.

Suzuki has offered a service plan to Alto buyers since 2010 but is now included in the price.

Australia’s National Roads and Motorists' Association (NRMA) has declared the Suzuki Alto to be that country’s least-expensive car to own and operate in its annual vehicle running costs survey with the Alto GL dominating the light vehicle class.

EVERYTHING CONSIDERED...

Based on average car operating costs over five years, the GL manual ranked first among all new vehicles in Australia with a weekly bill of A$89.81 (about R641).

Taking into account purchase price, depreciation, fuel prices, maintenance and insurance, the Alto’s average weekly fuel bill was calculated at A$24 (R171) aweek, returning an overall cost/km of A$0.31 - about R2.21).

Kazuyuki Yamashita, MD of Suzuki Auto SA, commented: “The Australian survey underscores what we already know from a South African perspective: that Suzuki cars and SUV's are cost-efficient purchases combining a value-added retail price with affordable running costs."

The NRMA survey compares more than 1200 cars on all key cost-factors.

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